In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Granholm Has A Record
Those promoting Gov. Jennifer Granholm for the U.S. Supreme court suggest she has a leg up on those with a judicial record because she does have one of her own. That makes it tougher for opponents to find something to criticize. That may be true but boy oh boy does she have a political record that will set tongues wagging on both the right and the left. 10 Commandments. She flip-flopped on showcasing the 10 Commandments in the State Capitol. First she was for it. But when word got to the ACLU that she was, within two days, her office "clarified" saying, when she said that she was speaking, not as a governor, but as a private citizen. If that was the case, why didn't she say that in the first place? Gay rights. The governor is for them and has hired any number of gay persons on her staff but she opposes gay marriage while supporting gay unions. Guns. She made no friends with the powerful National Rifle Association when she staunchly opposed the expansion of Michigan's concealed weapons law. She predicted a Wild Wild West scenario but had to recant and admit she was wrong when shootings did not increase. Medical marijuana. As a former prosecutor she opposed the ballot proposal which has become a cause celebre for the liberal left. Affirmative action. She led the charge with a variety of civil rights groups to preserve it on our college campuses. She lost as the vast majority of voters said yes to the ban.
Abortion. Other candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court have skirted a direct answer because "the case may come before me down the road." This would-be candidate can't say that as she is clearly for the woman's right to chose but opposes abortion herself. That stance has gotten her into Dutch with her own Catholic Church. Empathy. Mr. Obama says he is looking for that in his choice. That is Ms. Granholm's middle name and conservatives can hardly wait to blast her for that, if she gets this long-shot nomination.